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Women's and Gender Studies
Anissa Talahite- Moodley

WSTA03H3 – Week 2 Liberal Feminism - What is a Theory? o Set of ideas that act as principles used to understand phenomena. o Explains something larger than itself. - What type of gender inequalities does Liberal Feminism seek to redress? o Institutional level o Private & public o Economic inequalities between men and women. - Main Principles o Opening access to opportunities for women.  E.g. Employment. o Promoting gender equality  E.g. anti-discriminatory laws, promoting women in male-dominated fields. o Promoting women’s competitiveness in a male-dominated world. Strategies Used by Liberal Feminism to deal with Gender Inequalities - What types of solutions to these inequalities does Liberal Feminism have to offer? o Equal-opportunities legislation o Affirmative Action o Gender mainstreaming o Breaking the glass ceiling o Sharing housework o Affordable daycare facilities Historical and Philosophical Roots - Liberalism: belief in a free autonomous human (Rousseau, Hobbes, Locke and the Enlightenment) - Liberalism is based on the belief that the
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